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NIU President Lisa Freeman (center) discussing student involvement in NIUs Greek Life beside Associate Director for Institutional Communications, Joe King, during her meeting with the Northern Star on Monday at her office in Altgeld Hall. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

President Freeman talks tenure changes and more in university goals

By Bridgette Fox, Written Managing Editor | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman’s university goals, which the Board of Trustees will use to evaluate her performance at the end of 2023, spoke about future standards – including broadening the criteria for tenure. “I think we believe that...

Tenure a misunderstood tool for protecting teachers

By Cody Laplante | March 10, 2013

When it comes to education, one issue in particular comes to everyone’s minds: tenure. Whether you are in support or in opposition to tenure, people have very strong opinions of this process, which is said to protect bad teachers. However, the simple...

Tenured professors need a leash

By Colin Remes | March 27, 2012

The word tenure commonly refers to a senior academic’s contractual right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause. The key term here is “just cause.” What qualifies exactly as just cause? Declining student performance from semester...

Vision 2020 should ensure quality faculty and curriculum

September 21, 2011

NIU plans to increase enrollment to 30,000 students by 2020. Vision 2020 boasts many positive additions to the campus; but the board feels this initiative fails to identify several important areas necessary to attracting the proposed number. On Monday,...